The 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, the world’s largest touring heavy music festival, is back for its fifth year. The main stage for this summer’s fest will feature Slipknot, Slayer (pictured below), and a major special guest which will be announced on March 5th. The fourth slot on the main stage will feature a rotation of The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying, and Asking Alexandria. In 2012 the tour has upgraded the production on the festival stage and this year the Jagermeister Stage will feature a special headline set by Anthrax supported by a rotation of The Devil Wears Prada, A I Lay Dying and Asking Alexandria, along with Whitechapel, High On Fire and the Jagermeister opener. Please note that bands may vary per market. Update: Motorhead was just added to the line up!
Mayhem will kick off the 26 date trek across the U.S. beginning on June 30th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California and ticket sales kick off on April 6th with the GET OFF YOUR ASS pre-sale ticket promotion.
Corey Taylor of Slipknot says “You knew we’d be back. Now, you know we’re coming. This will be a tour people will scarcely want to miss. It will definitely be a show to remember. Can’t wait to see the states again from behind a mask. Slipknot is headlining this summer’s Mayhem festival and it’s going to be unlike anything you’ve ever felt, sensed, or seen. You miss this, you miss everything. Everyone seems to think that there’s a chance we’re gonna go away. This is the farthest thing from the truth. Stay sic and don’t ever judge us.”
“Mayhem 2012 might just be the last and greatest metal festival before the world ends!! So wreak havoc and go out in style!!” adds Tom Araya of Slayer.
Slayer’s Kerry King comments “ We can’t wait to get rolling on Mayhem 2012! Been 3 years since we played it last, and it’s gonna be brutal!!! You can’t go wrong with Slayer and Slipknot, pure fucking mayhem!!!!
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is produced by Rockstar Taste of Chaos organizer John Reese, Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman, Live Nation, and Creative Artists Agency. The team has made it a standout on the summer concert circuit by following the proven model of utilizing sponsorship to deliver a lower ticket price and an enhanced concert experience. This year sees them joining forces once again with Rockstar Energy Drink as the title sponsor.
“Metal is ALIVE and WELL in 2012,” states tour producer John Reese. “The fifth year of Rockstar Mayhem Festival will have a massive lineup that will set heavy music fans ears blazing!”
“Some years it all comes together, from top to bottom and this years ROCKSTAR MAYHEM lineup is going to bring it!” adds tour producer Kevin Lyman.
In 2008, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL bulldozed onto the scene and quickly made itself known as the preeminent summer destination for the hard rock and metal community. Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival boasts the most powerful artist line-ups in heavy music. Artists who have performed on past line ups have included hard music legends SLAYER, SLIPKNOT, KORN, ROB ZOMBIE, DISTURBED, GODSMACK, MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD, MARILYN MANSON, MACHINE HEAD, IN FLAMES, TESTAMENT, HATEBREED, CANNIBAL CORPSE, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, MASTODON, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KINGDOM OF SORROW, DETHKLOK and many more. All have pummeled the stage, while delivering the intensity and heaviness that fans have grown to expect year after year.
See below for all current tour dates.
|6/30/20127/1/2012||San Bernardino, CA||San Manuel AmphitheaterShoreline Amphitheater|
|San Francisco, CA|
|7/3/2012||Seattle, WA||White River Amphitheater|
|7/4/2012||Boise, ID||Idaho Center Amphitheater|
|7/6/2012||Phoenix, AZ||Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion|
|7/7/2012||Albuquerque, NM||Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion|
|7/8/2012||Denver, CO||Comfort Dental Amphitheatre|
|7/10/2012||Dallas, TX||Gexa Energy Pavilion|
|7/11/2012||Houston, TX||Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion|
|7/13/2012||Tampa, FL||1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre|
|7/14/2012||Atlanta, GA||Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood|
|7/15/2012||Indianapolis, IN||Klipsch Music Center|
|7/18/2012||Oklahoma City, OK||Zoo Amphitheatre|
|7/20/2012||St. Louis, MO||Verizon Wireless Amphitheater|
|7/21/2012||Chicago, IL||First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre|
|7/22/2012||Detroit, MI||DTE Energy Music Theatre|
|7/24/2012||Cincinnati, OH||Riverbend Music Center|
|7/25/2012||Cleveland, OH||Blossom Music Center|
|7/27/2012||Philadelphia, PA||Susquehanna Bank Center|
|7/28/2012||Pittsburgh, PA||First Niagara Pavilion|
|7/29/2012||Washington, DC||Jiffy Lube Live|
|7/31/2012||Saratoga Springs, NY||Saratoga Performing Arts Center|
|8/1/2012||Buffalo, NY||Darien Lake PAC|
|8/3/2012||Boston, MA||Comcast Center|
|8/4/2012||Scranton, PA||Toyota Pavilion|
|8/5/2011||Hartford, CT||The Comcast Theatre|